South African Department of Home Affairs, 21 February 2008

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The Department of Home Affairs condemns reported attacks on foreigners in townships around the country including recent incidents in Tshwane with the contempt they deserve. Scores of foreigners have reportedly been attacked and chased out of their homes by armed locals in what can only be described as barbaric and thuggerish behaviour. The Department wishes to state unequivocally that such actions will never be condoned in a country that upholds human rights for every individual residing in the country. We, therefore, urge those concerned to refrain from such unbecoming behaviour and add that the law will not hesitate to deal decisively with those found to have been part of this despicable action. Xenophobic attacks cannot be tolerated and are, thus, denounced. The Department will consult with relevant stakeholders to find a solution to probe the attacks.